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Rain Costs Phil Hughes $500,000

Hughes walks off the Target Field mound for the last time this year.

Hughes walks off the Target Field mound for the last time this year.

Nobody was more impacted by yesterday afternoon's rain showers than Twins pitcher Phil Hughes, who likely lost out on half a million bucks as a result.

Hughes, you see, has a clause in his contract calling for him to receive a $500,000 bonus if he hits 210 innings pitched, and during his last start of the season, yesterday's 2-1 Twins win against Arizona, he was just one out away from that mark -- 209 2/3 innings pitched -- when rain brought things to a halt during the eighth inning.

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When action resumed, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire decided to yank Hughes, who by that time hadn't thrown a pitch in well over an hour. Gardy later told reporters he would've brought Hughes out for the ninth inning had the rain gods not intervened.

After the game, Hughes told reporters he was "very aware" of being just one out away from the bonus.

"Some things aren't meant to be," Hughes said, according to MLB.com. "I'm very proud of my season regardless of that."

As he should be. With five strikeouts and no walks during yesterday's winning effort, Hughes finishes the season with the greatest strikes-to-walkouts ratio in MLB history:
-- MLB (@MLB) September 24, 2014 That's worthy of a bonus, right? But after the game, Hughes said he hasn't yet heard from the Twins front office as to whether they'll give him the $500,000 even though he technically fell one out short.

In either event, don't spend too much time feeling bad for Hughes. The 28-year-old right-hander's base salary this year was a cool $8 million, so it's not as though yesterday's cruel twist of fate means he'll have to order off McDonald's dollar menu all offseason.

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